Fair and Balance Journalist, Los Angeles Garment and Citizen Newspaper Editor and Publisher Jerry Sullivan
The six basis principles of reporting to say goodbye to a reporter, editor, publisher and friend.
What? The last edition of the Garment and Citizen hits newsstands tomorrow.
Where? At various locations in Downtown LA.
When? Thursday July 22, 2010 online, Friday, July 23, 2010 at newsstands.
How? Jerry Sullivan decided to cease operations.
Why? The lack of advertizing revenue makes it difficult to sustain a newspaper in these tough economic times.
.... and some editorial thoughts
, "Citizen Jerry" will surely be miss as he makes his rounds through the concrete and steel canyons of Downtown LA. The many local heroes
, whether they are the diverse workforce, activists, residents and politicos, will miss Citizen Jerry's jaunts in search of stories, exposes and testimonies on the evolving Downtown scene. We want to devote some space here to Jerry's closing retrospect on his Garment and Citizen endeavors
I’d still tell everyone’s truth—not just this niche or that demographic group. I’d keep striving to tell the stories of the entire community, and to explain how and why this segment or demographic group matters to the others.
I’d continue to acknowledge the fact that readers are smart.
I’d keep assuming that immigrants are part of our American culture—whether they’ve obtained citizenship or remain uncertain about taking that step.
I’d still speak truth to power in plain language on behalf of the community.
I’d still keep a civil tone in all matters.
There are many more things I would do again, because the Garment & Citizen earned some great victories. Our coverage has mattered. We saved taxpayers money. We gave credit where due to the mothers and fathers, sons and daughters, and workers and business owners who make our city work. We added valuable insights, criticisms and plaudits to the public debate.
The Garment & Citizen served with honor and distinct style. We developed a voice that reached our readers and earned a strong and unique connection with their lives. We reached rich, poor, working-class and middle-class individuals and families. We reached across ethnic and racial and religious lines. We reached them all—and called them a community.
The Garment & Citizen will disappear, but the community shall remain.
It’s now up to others to serve this community with the comprehension, courage, and clarity that’s called for by the guarantee of freedom of the press that we enjoy under the 1st Amendment to the U.S. Constitution.
The Garment & Citizen has demonstrated that it can be done. Our fate also shows that it could be done better.
I’ll look upon the next effort with interest.
Blogger note via the Editor: This column will be submitted into the Congressional Record by 34th District U.S. Representative Lucille Roybal-Allard. A reading of this column by Sullivan is scheduled for the radio show “Off-Ramp” on 89.3-KPCC, which will air at 12 noon (Pacific) on Saturday, July 24, and again at 7 p.m. (Pacific) on Sunday, July 25.
Closing note to Jerry, wonder if "Coca Puffs" will have any comments? ; )
Scott Johnson in CD 14
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